personal growth

01 | all about self care

What does self care mean to you?

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Everyone is talking about it these days, self care is all the rage. But everyone is right. It’s the same as when you’re on an airplane for the safety speech and they tell you to secure your mask before you try and help others. You’re really no use to help others succeed if you aren’t taking care of yourself. As mothers we often feel like there are so many things that must get done (and there are) and that we’re the only ones who can do it all (and we’re not). Taking care of yourself and making time to make YOU a priority is vital to your own long term success in life.

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Today marks the first week in a series here on the blog that’s all about self care and the different ways that you can incorporate it into your life. Not every idea will resonate with you but the hope is that over time you will begin to create or enhance your own routines and methods of self care.

For me, self care comes in three areas: mind + body + soul/spirit. I tend to get tunnel focused in my life and will focus heavily in one area while letting the other areas slide. This year my goal is to work slow and steady and try and elevate each area while attacking my goals and dreams to continue towards being the person that I desire to be. Over the following weeks each topic will play into one or more of these areas but for now, here are some thoughts on each one.

Self care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.
— Katie Reed

MIND

The following are some of the ways that you can incorporate self care for your mind into your life:

  1. reading fiction or non fiction books without distraction

  2. learning something new

  3. limiting screen time

  4. creating time for goal setting/planning

  5. social media detox

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BODY

The following are some of the ways that you can incorporate self care for your body into your life:

  1. being conscious of the food and drinks that you allow into your body

  2. giving yourself adequate outdoor time

  3. moving your body more with exercise or other activities that you enjoy

  4. ensuring that you allow yourself time to get adequate sleep

  5. taking excellent care of your skin

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SOUL/SPIRIT

The following are some of the ways that you can incorporate self care for your soul or spirit into your life:

  1. finding time for something that you love to do

  2. making the time for a gratitude journal every day

  3. surrounding yourself with like minded and positive people

  4. creating time in your day to focus on you (there’s time somewhere, you just need to find it)

  5. listening to music that you enjoy

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Now what? Now it’s time to think about you…what do you love about where you are and what areas do you think you want to make some changes? Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to make a thousand changes all at once, but do get a clear picture on where you want to be and start making small and meaningful changes daily.

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What areas of self care do you need to focus on in your life? Is there a particular element that is lacking in your life? What are some topics that you would like to see explored deeper in this series? Drop a note in the comments and we’ll make sure that it’s addressed in the coming year.

xo,
c




what I'm reading | business

Business books and self improvement books are my very favorite kinds of books. I used to be a huge fiction reader - especially mysteries - but the last several years have me reaching for goal driven books that give me something to work towards. Some of the latest books on my shelf...

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The You Are a Badass books are next up on my reading list - there's both the regular one and You Are a Badass at Making Money - how could I pass that one up?? I've loved The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and The 5 Sencond Rule by Mel Robbins...perhaps two of my very favorites. Have you read Elise Cripe's book on 100 Pep Talks - a book she wrote from an instagram series she did a while back. It's a great quick read with a ton of really awesome nuggets of goal driven advice.

What business and goal books are your favorite? Are you a physical book reader, a kindle reader or do you love the audio books?

Happy Reading!
xo,
c

on my shelf

I'm a bit of an information junkie. I love to learn and I also really love books. Especially if they're pretty.

When I was younger and all through college and before kids I was a big fiction reader. Usually mysteries or crime stories, but once kids came along my reading time seemed to go away. I found other ways to fill my time and usually didn't need a book to put me to sleep at night - the kids tired me out enough!

These days my shelves have business books, home books and pretty books. I don't get to read everyday so I need something that can sit on the shelf for a while and I can easily pick up where I left off. Are you a reader? What kind of books do you like to read? Any great suggestions to pass along?

xo, c